I’m a HUGE fan of the jump rope (aka the ‘skipping rope’). So helping people find the best jump rope possible is something I’m interested in because it’s a topic I’m interested in myself and one I’ve spent a lot of time answering in my own search for the perfect skipping rope.

I strongly feel jump rope training one of the best exercises out there. Not only does it build up your overall aerobic fitness, but you can also target specific conditioning like aerobic threshold work, Vo2 Max, and so on. Even better, while also working your conditioning, you can improve your coordination, your footwork, your balance, and you work MORE muscles (shoulders, back, lower body) than you do running. Even better, it’s a lower impact on your joints.

it’s also pretty fun if you get into some of the trick work — you can add a lot of variety to a workout and keep it fresh and entertaining for you and for people who watch you.

Most combat sports utilize the plain old Jump Rope (aka skipping rope) to improve conditioning — or simply as a warm-up.

Go to any Muay Thai gym, MMA gym, or boxing gym and you’ll find a well-stocked supply of skipping ropes.

Benefits of Jump Rope Training for Fighters & Athletes

  • Increased stamina
  • Increased coordination
  • Improved Timing
  • Builds better footwork that transfers into sport-specific use
  • Develop a better overall rhythm
  • Increased breathing efficiency
  • Increased shoulder endurance
  • Better punching endurance & stamina
  • Burn more calorie than running
  • Less damaging on knees
  • Can be used to build and train different aerobic fitness attributes

The humble jumping rope is one of the absolute BEST ways to improve your overall aerobic conditioning — from long-duration cardiac output work that builds overall stamina to high-intensity work that improves your VO2 Max, to longer duration, medium intensity work that raises your Anaerobic Threshold.

You can basically use the skipping rope to improve just about every aspect of your overall conditioning.

The benefits don’t stop here. Jumping Ropes exercises improve your coordination and balance. Why do you think boxers — masters of footwork and coordination — use the jump rope as a core part of their training?

The movements when you jump rope often directly translate into similar foot movements patterns you make when you fight (especially for boxers who jump back and forth on the balls of their feet, just like you do when you jump rope).

Why Trust My Opinion?

Because I love skipping. Next to Boxing, it’s one of my favorite physical activities. I’m serious about trying to improve my jump rope abilities and spend hours every week trying to learn new jump rope tricks and become a better jump roper. When I first started jump roping, I could only do the basic skipping; at a Muay Thai camp, I never improved my jump rope technique for years. When I switched over from Muay Thai to Boxing, I began to realize HOW important jump rope can be to improving your footwork, balance, reflexes, and more.

I’m STILL learning how to master the jump rope, but just so you know I do know a little bit about jump rope and I’m not just pulling this list of best jump ropes out of the air, here’s a video of me doing a bit of jump rope work before boxing:

Finding YOUR Perfect Rope

So, the benefits of jump ropes are numerous. But, finding a jump rope — at least a good one — can be challenging.

Now the simple old jump rope is NOT so simple any more. There are countless varieties of jump ropes to choose from — from a simple rope on a string that costs you a couple of bucks, to highly engineered cable ropes attached to handles with bearings that will cost you over $50.

Now, what jump rope is ‘the best’?

Well actually, answering this is not as easy as you might think.

We can’t specifically recommend a single jump rope (also called skipping ropes), as the best skipping rope will depend completely on your specific sport, your training goals, and weather you want to do freestyle tricks or just stick to a more workout-oriented jump rope routine.

In this article, I’m going to give a list of the best skipping ropes based on a number of factors AND by specific categories since what rope you pick will ultimately depend on what you are going to use it for.

The Best Jump Ropes at a Glance

I give a big list of specific picks, but if you don’t want to read a whole article on it, I’ll give my overall two top choices, so you don’t have to read 5000 words (I also give more specific, specialized picks as well at the end).

The Best

Buddy Lee Rope Master 

My favorite jump rope and pure joy to use. Great for speed work and tricks, or just casual fitness. The swivel bearing connections make for silky smooth rope rotations and, if you go for it, super speed. Expensive, but the last rope you’ll every buy.

I own this; I use it, I love it.

Expensive, yes it is, but if you spend 20-40 minutes a day working the rope, the minor cost for what you get with the Buddy Lee Rope Master is absolutely worth it.

71SLdjhjxIL._SL1500_In fact, as of 2017, I own 3 rope masters, not just ONE, so I’m speaking as an owner who uses this one as my primary rope.

There are perhaps better specialist ropes out there for Cross Fit, speed jumping, double unders, and strapped cashed people, but for a rope that you can do everything with and do it damn well, this jump rope is my pick for the best. And really, what is about 35 USD for something you are going to use for years? This model is also the jump rope model that Buddy Lee, if you watch his jump rope videos, always uses himself even though his company has other jump rope models for sale.

I’ve owned the expensive Aero Speed rope model, which has fancier aluminum (but shorter) handles, but my preference is still for the Rope Master model which has the longer handles (which are lighter, since they are plastic).For fancy jump roping and tricks to impress, the Rope Master is better than the Aero Speed. If you want to do cross fit, speed jumping, or double unders, the Aero Speed may be a better choice (it’s lighter, smaller, and allows for faster jumping). But for general jump rope and trick work, Rope Master rules!

You can also read my 3000-word review of the Buddy Lee Rope Master

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Best Value for Money

Boxers Jump Rope

Cheap and does everything you need it to do: tricks, speed jumping, general fitness work. Did I mention it’s cheap?

Not just for boxers, but for anyone. For a rope that goes fast, is durable, feels good, works for both fitness and tricks, the ‘Boxers Jump Rope’ is the best no-frills bang for your buck. For under 7 bucks, this delivers all the way.

I like the Buddy Lee Rope Master recommended above better — it’s smoother, offers better control, makes a cracking whip sound, and has better feedback, but it’s also 7125ouFrTbL._SL1500_5 times more expensive too. So if you want a cheap jump rope that you will probably love to death, the Boxer’s Jump Rope is the one.

You can read my extremely detailed guide on how to pick the best jump rope below (what to look for in material, how to size the rope, what type of handle you want, etc), or you can just ‘skip it’ if you already know how to choose the optimal jump rope yourself and look at my best jump ropes of 2016 list of recommendations.

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How to Pick the Best Jump Rope

Picking the right jump rope is both easy and not easy at the same time.

You can just walk into any sport’s outlet store and buy a generic jump rope for a few bucks without knowing how to correctly size it or know what type of cord you want, but at best you will end up with a rope that’s just suitable and at worst, one that’s almost unusual.

Picking the RIGHT jump rope for YOU is essential if you want to get the most out of jump rope training.

People may tell you it doesn’t matter what sort of jump rope you pick up — as long as you start with any jump rope — but this is actually not true.

Trust me — as someone who’s trying to master the jump rope (and trying very hard to learn all the various tricks to make my boxing jump rope work much more interesting and dynamic) — I can tell you from experience that your choice of jump rope make a HUGE difference to your jump performance and your overall rope training.

You will either love jump roping or hate it depending on the rope you end up using. A bad rope (note, bad doesn’t necessary mean a cheap rope) will have you tripping up on the rope, feel awkward to use, and be difficult to use fast and do to any tricks with.

You may be able to function with a crappy jump rope, but it won’t be fun or pleasant — and you’ll find yourself getting very annoyed at the rope. And if you want to spice things up a bit with stuff like double under or tricks, you may find using the wrong type of rope makes doing so much more difficult.

So…let’s get started. I give you three steps to picking out a jump rope before giving specific recommendations:

  1. how to pick the right rope size
  2. how to pick the right jump rope cord material (the weight, material type, and tension)
  3. how to pick the right handle 

Step 1: Choose the Jump Rope Size for Your Height

Too long and the rope will tangle up on the ground or it will slow down your workout, requiring more force to swing it through. Too short and you won’t be able to easily jump through or easily do tricks for freestyle.

You’ll want to find the perfect size first. As you improve your jump rope skills, you can shorten your rope (this allows for more speed) — but certainly, when you start out jump roping, you’ll want to go with the standard size for your height.

Beginner Rope Length: You will want a longer rope — this rope will have more drag, you won’t be able to swing it as fast, but since speed won’t be an issue, you can work on timing.


Fitness / Double Unders Rope Length: You’ll want a rope that gives about 6 to 10 inches when you swing it over your head. The shorter distance means you can rotate the rope faster which means it’s easier to do double unders. Note: Double Unders are when you do two swing rotations per each jump.

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Speed Jumping Rope Length: if you are going for max speed then you’ll want a rope that’s between 2 to 6 inches clearance over your head at the apex of the rope swing. This is an advanced style of jumping though, and it’s only professional jump ropers who need to be concerned with this.


Freestyle Rope Length: You typically want longer ropes which give you more length for crossing movements. Somewhere between 12 to 24 inches is the suggested distance between the top of your head and the rope at the apex of the swing.


How to Find the Right Jump Rope Size

Note that when you measure the correct jump rope length for your height, you measure from the tips of the handles and not only the jump rope cord length only.

sizing a jump rope

  1. First, take the jump handles with each hand and stand on the center of the rope with either one foot or both feet while pulling the handles upwards beside your body as you stand straight.
  2. The handle tips should touch your armpits. If it’s below this, it’s too short (unless you are more advanced) for beginners.
  3. Keep in mind there IS some variation depending on how you hold the rope (do you hold it high or lower as you turn the handles when jump roping) and the length of your arms (some people have longer arms and some shorter arms). Typically beginners do a bit better with the standard rope length for their size as given by my chart below while more advanced jump rope users may want a slightly shorter rope.

The handle tips should reach your armpits. When you jump over the rope, the rope should just brush the floor beneath your feet. If the cord doesn’t touch the floor, the rope is too short. If the cord hits the floor in front of your feet, the rope is too long and should be shortened.  More advanced users will usually need a shorter rope than those indicated on the chart.

Jump Rope Length Your Height
6ft Under 4’0″
7ft 4’0″ to 4’9″
8ft 4’10” to 5’3″
9ft 5’4″ to 5’10”
10ft 5’11” to 6’5″
11ft 6’6″ +

Step 2: Choose the Jump Rope Material

Some material will last longer, and some material will wear out sooner if you jump on hard, abrasive surfaces like concrete. Keep this in mind. If you want to skip outside on hard surfaces, PVC material or cable steel tends to last the longest. Licorice / Vinyl will get torn up in a few months.

Jump Rope Materials

  • Licorice (flexible and light)
  • PVC Plastic (flexible and medium-heavy)
  • Cloth / Fiber / Woven
  • Beaded / Segmented (heaviest)
  • Cable / Wire (lightest and most stiff)

The basic material that most jump ropers swear by is either basic PVC plastic or vinyl cord. Either of these are excellent for casual or advanced jumpers. You can pick up a basic, cheap jump rope for about $5-$7 bucks that will function just fine for years.

Who Should Use What Material

Here are some basic jump rope categories for the type of material best suited for the experience level:

Beginners: New skippers are best off with either licorice or PVC rope which are fairly light, allow for some speed while still being slow enough to work on timing, have some degree of flexibility to the rope.

Intermediate: Licorice or cable work depending on preference. Steel cables are used for speed work while licorice can be used for speed or freestyle tricks.

Advanced: Licorice, cable, or beads depending.

Sport Specific Jump Rope Materials

Your material choice of jump rope might change depending on the sport you are using a jump rope to train for, though again, for you basic jump rope workout, ANY cheap jump rope will work fine.

Boxers typically like the PVC plastic cables or polyvinyl (licorice) like Floyd Mayweather who uses a medium handle Amp Rope. These are functional, cheap, and can be used by a casual, beginner, or even advance jump ropers.

Thai Boxers like the old school thick PVC plastic which are very heavy. The ropes are twice or three times thicker than regular-sized jump rope widths. The handles tend to be thick wooden ones too.  I personally don’t like these as you can’t work on speed or rhythm, but you can work on shoulder endurance because they are so heavy. I started off in Thailand using these for a couple of years. But now that I’m pursuing jump rope seriously and trying to improve at it, I don’t touch these anymore. Still if you ‘want to do it as the Thais do traditionally, then pick up the Twins Jump Rope. I hate it, but you may love it and the Thais all use it.

Cross Fitters / Fitness Types typically like the speed jump ropes with metal cables, 90-degree connections, or ball bearing swivels. These allow you to do some really fast skipping, easily perform doubles or triples, and get a serious speed workout going.

Jump Rope Trick specialists use free style jump ropes that have very long handles and prefer the beaded material for the cords.

Rope Materials to Avoid

Obviously, some people may disagree with my choices here — some people may very well LIKE these ropes — but I don’t and here’s why:

Leather: heavy and hard to pull out a decent rhythm. I also don’t like how the material seems to stretch.

Rope: tends to be very light and makes it hard to get a fast rhythm going on. I recommend you stick to the other materials.

Beads: Unless you are doing freestyle tricks for an audience, these are heavier, and I find, harder to build a fast rhythm with. Some of the pros use them, but the pros can use any type of rope and perform jump rope magic. I suggest you generally avoid these.

Weighted Jump Ropes: There are some fitness jump ropes that offer you weighted ropes. To me, this takes away the basic premise of jump roping in the first place – working on speed, power, and stamina. With weighted ropes, the emphasis is placed on just getting the rope rotated around without tiring out — it’s much harder to rotate the rope. You are better off putting strip weights around your wrists or around your ankles — you can work your speed while working on the resistance at the same time better this way.

Rope Cord Stiffness

For more advanced skippers, there is also the cord stiffness you may want to consider. Stiffer cords (like steel cables) are not as flexible under tension. This means the rope won’t move or adjust very much — good for advanced skippers who need the rope to go where they want it to go without any subtle change. But this means the person must have enough skill since the rope won’t allow for mistakes. Beginners to intermediate will want a rope that has some flexibility and stretch — this allows the rope to adjust for a mistake on the part of the skipper.

Step 3: Choose the Jump Rope Handle Type

The handles, besides the rope material, are the most important thing to consider. As of 2015, there are many different handle designs to choose from: Some are short and thick, some are short and thin, some are long and thin, and some even have funky shapes.

The Handle Weight

The one thing to keep in mind though, regardless of the width, height, or material the handle is made of is you want as light a handle as possible. A heavy handle will slow your jump roping.

The Handle Material

You may also want to give a note to the material the handle is made of. While you may end up burning through your ropes if you jump on concrete, your handles will also give way to wear and tear too — especially around the ends. Cheap plastic handles are often bendable when you squeeze them and the ends are prone to split and break after a few months of heavy usage.

Hard shatter-proof plastic handles or light aluminum handles will last much longer and, if you don’t mind paying more money, are worth it.

The Length of Handle 

You have quite a few options when it comes to handles. You’ll use about 2 or so inches of the handle gripping it, so when you look at handle sizes, deduct that amount from the length – this will be the handle length sticking out from your hands.

We have three basic lengths:

  • short handles
  • regular handles
  • long handles.

Long handles are particularly useful for tricks. The longer handles give you more rope to work with when doing crossing movements. If you want to mix up your skipping rope workout with some cool tricks, I recommend picking a rope that’s at least medium length (4 inches) and preferably long (6-7 inches). I personally prefer long handles.

download (10)If you are just looking to start off jumping rope, go with a standard medium handle length. This will be the common length you typically find with a common jump rope available everywhere.

If you want something snazzy that will allow for more speed, you may look at a short handle skipping rope. typically, the more fancy cross rope skipping ropes or power speed ropes often have short handles.

The Handle to Rope Connection

There are three choices for how the rope connects to the handle:

  1. Regular connection (rope goes straight into handle)
  2. 90 Connection (rope is attached to the handle at 90-degree angle = much more speed and less friction)
  3. Ball Bearing Swivel (there is a ball bearing at the end of the handle connecting the rope end to the handle = least friction, more fluid, and better control)

See the diagram I created below:

types of jump rope connectors

You can get by just fine on the regular connection, which is the standard cheap jump rope you see everywhere. The 90-degree connection style is a newer style of jump rope and generally, makes for faster jump roping. I personally do prefer the regular connection — it just feels better to me, but that’s a personal preference. The Ball Bearing Swivel types are found in the premium, more expensive jump ropes. These are the best, but typically you will have to pay 20-50 bucks for jump rope like that.

The Handle Thickness

Thick handles give you more grip but are often heavier and make it more difficult to do tricks with the rope. These are recommended for cross-fit / workout types.

The thin handle design is popular with speed ropes. They are the lightest and allow you to whip the rope around with more speed.

Medium handles are in between these. Those regular cheap skipping ropes that cost about 7 bucks usually have medium width handles. I recommend this as the best overall width.

Best Jump Ropes (Updated 2020)

At last, we come to the list of our best picks for jump ropes. As a big jump rope enthusiast myself — someone who spends a lot of time training the jump rope — for conditioning work and for fun (tricks) — I know quite a bit about the jump rope and what jump ropes are good and what ropes are not so good. I own about 6 different good ropes and I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on jump ropes over the years. Here are my picks for what ropes stand above the rest out there.

The Best Cheap Jump Rope

Boxer Jump Rope

Note, this is not only for boxers but anyone — it’s just called ‘boxers jump rope’ by the company.

This is a basic licorice jump rope with a 90-degree connection. You don’t need any fancy jump rope to start learning the basics of jump rope, to get a good workout in.  I 7125ouFrTbL._SL1500_do recommend, for the most flexibility, you get a licorice/PVC rope with medium to long handles, though — which this rope is. You can use this rope for just about any purpose — conditioning, stamina, coordination, footwork,  and should you want to improve your over trick ability, the rope will work well for that.

I own this rope myself, and for what you get, it’s the best value in a jumping rope for what you get. Personally I do prefer the slightly slower, non-90 degree connector found in something like the TKO or AM PRO ropes, or better yet, the expensive Buddy Lee Rope Master, but the AM PRO is not found in the US, and the Buddy Lee is 5 times the cost, so for lack of better alternatives, I give the Boxer Jump rope the nod here for value and performance.

Note: my one complaint here is that the handles are a bit on the shorter side and they are made from cheap plastic that can break easily if you drop it on concrete. After about 3 months of use, I dropped my handles on the ground during a rope session and about 1/3 of an inch of the plastic came off, pretty much rendering my rope hard to use. Regardless of the low quality plastic handles, I still can’t argue against the $7 price you pay and still recommend this rope.

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The Best All Round Jump Rope

Buddy Lee Rope Master

My favorite jump rope and pure joy to use. Great for speed work and tricks, or just casual fitness. The swivel bearing connections make for silky smooth rope rotations and, if you go for it, super speed. Expensive, but the last rope you’ll ever buy.

This is the rope I own (in fact, I have 3 of them) and my absolute favorite jump rope of all. I love it. It’s good for any type of jump rope work — from general stuff to specific training work: boxing training, Muay Thai, trick work, speed work, or just casual skipping.

It’s not a cheap option at about $27 USD, and the rope itself needs to be replaced once a while, but for pure functionality, this is the one to get if you can ‘swing’ the price. I’ve given a link to the model that comes 71SLdjhjxIL._SL1500_with an extra cord which adds on another 7 bucks to the cost, but you get 2 cords instead of one, which you will want anyways.

Why I Recommend This Over the Competition: Buddy Lee’s are some of the highest recommended ropes around and it’s an established company. Buddy Lee is also one of the best jump ropers in the world and a former high-level athlete, having won GOLD in the Olympics as a wrestler. This guy is an even better skipper than his wrestling (watch his videos with your mouth open).

This model was the official jump rope of the 2008 Olympics and is the model that Buddy Lee himself uses on all his videos. The Rope Master is very well recommended around the web, has great reviews, and I also personally own this jump rope, and it’s my ‘GO TO’ rope.

I liked it in fact so much that I bought two more of these.

The Buddy Lee is durable, it’s fast, and you can use it for tricks (though I do prefer some of the other longer handles, basic rope designs better for pure freestyle tricks).

The Rope Master is expensive, yes, but once you try it, you’ll see why.

Now, if you want a specialized rope, keep looking at our list. Depending on what you want the rope for (such as cross-fit or double unders), then one of the other picks may be better suited than the top 2 choices I gave above.

My only complaint with Buddy Lee is that the swivel bearings are on the cheap side, and not made from rust-proof stainless steel. I had a big problem here in Thailand with my pair of Buddy Lees after six months of usage. The swivel bearings completely rusted over due to the humidity and the fact I put the skipping rope in my gym bag in contact with my wet Boxing Gloves and wraps. The moisture caused the bearings to rust over, and I’ve had to buy two new replacement bearings (which you can). I don’t like the foam handle grips either as they seem to be breaking. However, these issues aside, I still love the skipping rope and recommend it. Just make SURE you don’t keep the bearing joints in contact with water and make sure you DRY out the rope after you train. Otherwise, you may have to replace the bearings due to rust issues.

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Best Jump Rope for Muay Thai

General Tip: You have two choices here: you can follow the traditional Muay Thai routine and use a heavy beast of a plastic jumping rope or you can go with a more modern approach and work on speed stamina and coordination by jumping at a faster pace while working on more foot movement and go with the Buddy Lee or Boxers Jump Rope, both of which will work just fine (even better I would say).

Twins Special Skipping Ropes Wood

thai jumping ropeIf you’ve ever been to a traditional Thai boxing gym, you’ll know what these are, and you’ve have seen them. Thais train with these. The goal is not speed or footwork, it’s to work on muscular endurance with your shoulders — these beasts are heavy, heavy.

I say they are three to four times the weight of a regular jump rope with the thick, heavy cord and heavy wood handles.

My Muay Thai gym in Thailand has a dozen of these — the Thai’s use them for warming up before training. I’ve seen the same jump rope around many different gyms in Thailand.

It’s basically THE Muay Thai jump rope most preferred by Thai boxers in Thailand.

I, however, don’t like these and I prefer using a Boxing skipping rope to work on speed and coordination; however, I won’t argue the popularity of these in the Thailand Muay Thai circuit.

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 Best Jump Ropes for Boxers

General Tip: Any good PVC or Licorice rope works. You want medium to long handles which allow more flexibility for tricks (remember, boxers are also master jump ropers — to be a boxer means you need to be able to impress with some tricks too). You don’t need any real fancy rope for boxing training. Things to look for: Licorice or PVC rope. 5-7 inch handles with a cord that’s not too thick or thin.

Ampro Speed Skip Rope


Do you want to skip like Floyd?

Then use the same jump rope he’s using which is (as most people guess) the AMPRO skipping rope you see on the left.

Unfortunately, this brand of skipping rope is from the UK, so you’ll have to import it over to the US if you live there, which bumps up the price significantly.

But don’t think you ONLY have to use this skipping rope. Any regular 5- 10 dollar cheap jump roping will do the trick.

You can buy it on Amazon.com for $33 bucks — it’s expensive because it’s from the UK and UK company and must be imported. In the UK, you can pick it up for about $15 bucks, though.

Here’s a picture of Floyd Mayweather using the AMPRO speed rope:


Here’s a video of Mayweather doing is fancy jumping rope work with the AMPRO rope:

Boxer Jump Rope


You can spend $30-$60 for a fancy jump rope with all the bells and whistles.

Or you can use the Buy Jump Rope Boxers jump rope and get the same sort of performance.

It’s cheap, you can do footwork, you can do tricks (the handles are not that long, but they work), and the 90-degree connection means you can jump FAST. Double unders, speed jump rope, tricks, or just warming up before your workout — this rope does it all and with finess.

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Best Jump Ropes for Cross Fit Workouts

Cross Fitters love the ultra-fast, speed jump ropes. I myself own one of these, but I find it difficult to do tricks with the ultra-small wire cable — and when you fail a rotation (or god forbid you don’t have a shirt on and whip your back), you feel the pain.

But for pure SPEED, getting your heart rate up with double or triple unders, the cross-fit style cable ropes are the best. They are also usually finely built with steel wire cables wrapped in plastic and metal, or hard plastic style handles with either swivel ball bearing connections or 90-degree connectors.

I give two picks for the best cross fit style jump ropes. Keep in mind you can use these just as well for speed jump rope work or general jump work training — NOT just cross fit. If you want to work on freestyle tricks, though, I suggest another type of jump rope.

ELITE Surge Speed Rope

elite surge jump rope review

If you look at any of the cross fit forums or go to any ‘box’ and ask around, you’ll see this jump rope recommended very highly. ti’s a cable rope with ball bearing system allowing for serious speed — double and tripe unders will be no problem.

The rope feels very very smooth when you skip with it — if you are looking for a rope for speed skipping or to burn as many calories as possible by going at a high pace, you’ll love the ELITE surge.

An incredibly versatile CrossFit rope by EliteSRS that has become popular for speed and double unders at competitions, with competitive jumpers using to get up to seven jumps a second. Handles feature a patented ball bearing system that make it very efficient and smooth spinning.

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 RX Jump Rope


This is another popular jump rope cross fitters swear by. Very good speed — great for double unders, if quite expensive at over $40 USD. The ELITE Surge recommended above is abut half the price and offers just about the same, so it’s up to you if you want to pay more for the RX — you may find you like the feeling of it better than the ELITE surge.

I bought this rope a year ago but quickly found I did not like the cable style with 90-degree connection. Perhaps at the time, my skills were not up to par, and I wasn’t doing cross fit style double under workouts. I found that after a few months of usage the cable has become tangled and bent (perhaps because I’ve just thrown it into my gym bag and over time the cable has bent). You’ll find the Rx Jump Rope highly recommended in the cross fit circles. It generally has very good reviews if you do a search online, and if you take better care of it, then I did mine it will likely last longer.

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Best Jump Ropes for Freestyle Tricks

Buddy Lee Ropemaster


Buddy Lee takes the cake here with his rope master line.

If you’ve gotten semi-serious about jump roping or done any sort of youtube jump rope video search, the Buddy Lee skipping rope videos will invariably pop up somewhere. Buddy Lee, a former Olympic Gold Medal wrestler, takes the art of jump rope to a new level — his jump rope skills and trick ability is absolutely crazy.

He’s created a line of premium jump ropes a few years ago, and if you don’t mind paying a premium price for the BEST, then Buddy Lee jump ropes are the best.

Watch Buddy Lee in ACTION with this same model (the Buddy Lee Rope Master)

But they are expensive. Expect to pay anywhere from 30-50 USD for one of his premium ropes. But if you want to master the jump rope and do some serious tricks, I recommend a Buddy Lee. Yes, I myself did pony up and buy his Jump Rope Master Freestyle rope, so I actually own this, and I LOVE IT. It’s what I use for my boxing skip rope work and trick training (read my Buddy Lee Rope Master Review)

For tricks, you want to go with his Rope Master. It has all the awesome features but longer handles for tricks.

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Best Jump Ropes for Speed Jumping

Buddy Lee Aero Speed

This is the Rolls Royce of jump ropes — and at $50 bucks, it’s one of the more expensive ropes you’ll find. But completely worth it if you want to work on pure power speed work. The handles are also AWESOME — some of the best I’ve found in terms of comfort. The rope seems to be an issue for some people (it hasn’t happened to me, but some people say the included rope breaks easy) but it’s simple enough to put your own rope on the handles if you don’t like the included rope. But for the best, smoothest, most comfortable jump rope h71X+wa5sJqL._SL1500_andles, the Aero Speed is the rope you want.

This baby is meant for REAL speed — you can get 5-7 turns per second with this, and the rope is fully adjustable (you can even take it out and put your own rope on). Additionally, the swivel bearings can be replaced if needed.

Buddy Lee Aero Speed Features

  • 9 ft. (rope)
  • 6 inches (handles)
  • Ultra fast for unders (can do 5-7 a second
  • Adjustable system – can customize jump rope length
  • All parts replaceable
  • Swivel Ball Bearing connect reduces drag and friction as the rope turns
  • Aluminum handles

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More Jump Rope Recommendations

If the categories I listed above don’t do the trick, here are some more well-regarded jump rope brands.

51AZDljcr9L._SL1000_TKO Rope ($7)  — Floyd Mayweather used to use one of these apparently a few years ago as the rumors go. The TKO’s are your basic no-frills licorice jump rope — good for every type of workout, and best of all, cheap. Just your standard 7 dollar skipping rope that will do the job for basic skipping work. You can buy this one on Amazon for 7 bucks.


Freestyle Champion Rope ($15.95)– this is a great rope. I have this model myself. It’s great for pretty much any skipping work, and especially good for tricks with the long handles. I bought this one myself, and I use it often. I like Buddy Lee better, but I paid over 30 bucks for that. This was 15 bucks, but it’s a better jump rope than most of the 7-10 dollar ones you get.  However, the rope broke in half after a few months, so I suggest you get a second backup rope just in case. You can buy it on Amazon for $15.95.

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